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R. Kelly 'Laid Up Indefinitely' After Emergency Throat Surgery

R&B star is resting at a Chicago hospital

July 20, 2011 3:10 PM ET
R. Kelly throat surgery
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R. Kelly is resting in a Chicago hospital following emergency throat surgery, the singer's rep told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

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The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer's publicist said that doctors had to drain an abcess on one of Kelly's tonsils on Tuesday. The 44-year-old star will be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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The Grammy winner had recently complained of throat pain; following a throat exam, he was rushed to the hospital.

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